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* There are a number of tourist information centres and outlets in Bristol. The main one is in the centre of the At Bristol complex on the harbour side. They can book tours, trips, theatre tickets etc. and have details and timetables for the ferries.

* Crime levels are low. We found it had a lovely atmosphere in the evening and had no issue wandering around later on at night. Apparently though, the St Pauls area is best avoided at night. We thought the whole of the old town and the harbour was fine.

* The weather is very changeable. We had driving rain one morning and it was very drak and gloomy, but the afternoon was so gloriously hot and sunny, we could barely believe it. Bristol is one of the warmer cities in Britain. The best time to go is in summer. June to September is usually warm and bright, average temperatures are just above 20 degrees. Autumn and winter are wetter and colder, but the city does have seasonal charm. Bristol does not really have an off-season, and I can see how you could visit it any time of year. Apparently the Christmas festivities are very good. The quietest time is January to mid March.

* Accommodation can be expensive, but there are a large number of hotels to choose from. It is a thriving financial city, so hotel rates are often higher during the week. Book in advance and choose a weekend break and you should be able to find a good deal.

* The harbourside is a tourist attraction in its on right.

* Most sights can be visited on foot. A bus or taxi is needed though to reach the Clifton neighbourhood. The harbourside and old city areas are really best explored on foot. There are lots of attractive walking routes along the quayside and the central streets are mostly pedestrianised. Do be aware though, that the city is very hilly and some of the cobbled quays are very uneven.

* Visitbristol has free maps of the city. You can also get them from hotels and tourist offices. Several MP3 walking tours of Bristol are also downloadable.

* There is plenty of NCP car parking and street parking. Cheaper street parking is in short supply in the centre though. The traffic is also very heavy - taxis can thus be expensive.

* We mainly explored Bristol by walking - you can also take a sightseeing bus or the other option is from the water. From Temple Meads station, a ferry runs through the city and around the harbour, you would get a fine view of the quays and wharfs, old warehouses, bridges and cranes.

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